Janet L. Lauritsen is Curators’ Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of victimization, the social and historical contexts of crime and victimization, and quantitative research methodologies. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Bureau of Justice Statistics (US Department of Justice). Her current research analyzes how correlates of violent victimization such as gender, race and ethnicity, and poverty status have changed in the US over the past four decades. Her most recent publications cover topics such as repeat victimization, seasonal patterns in crime, gender inequality and violence against women, and the relationship between changing economic conditions and violent victimization. Her most recent research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the National Institute of Justice. Dr. Lauritsen is a member of the Committee on Law and Justice for the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and member of the Roundtable on Crime Trends at the National Academies of Science (NAS). She is also a member of the NAS Panel on Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics for the Committee on National Statistics. Professor Lauritsen serves on the Editorial Boards of Criminology and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and in 2013, was named Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.
Areas of Specialization
Trends and patterns in victimization risk
Quantitative research methodologies
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